We limited TV coverage following the tragedy here in AZ, as to not have the kids overwhelmed with the news coverage. Instead, what little they did overhear, we made the first teachable moment about prayer.
Prayer for Rep. Giffords and all those individuals and families affected. We made the second teachable moment "Be kind to each other". We need to be kind to each other.
If you find yourself in a disagreement with someone this week, respect their differing opinion, keep dialogue open, and be kind. Your children will learn their current and future conflict resolution skills from your example.
The best hope our youth have is for adults to take the time to teach them to be patient, tolerant and kind.